A Citizen’s Life

The Life and Times of W.A.Kracke

Explore the fascinating life and times of one of Australia’s earlier citizens, on a journey that will take you from Bremen, Germany, to a bustling Sydney, to the treacherous goldfields of the Palmer River in Northern Queensland, and on to Omeo, Victoria, one of the wildest goldfields in the country.

Arriving in Australia in 1881, at the age of eighteen, William Kracke endured the challenge of finding work in Sydney, the thrill of the gold rush, the savagery of hostile Aborigines, the destruction of the 1939 Black Friday bushfires.

All pictures on this site are from original glass negatives and were taken by W.A.Kracke.
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The Journey Begins

Sydney, Australia



Destination Omeo